Movers and shakers: February 2016

By Robert Outram and Isabelle Bell, CA Today

24 February 2016

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling CA takes up SLI stewardship role

Standard Life Investments has named Euan Stirling CA as its new head of stewardship and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment.

Euan joined Standard Life Investments in January 2001 from Schroder Investment Management. As a senior fund manager and investment analyst in the UK equity team, he has managed a range of institutional UK equity portfolios for both public and private sector pension schemes.

Commenting on the appointment, Rod Paris, chief investment officer at Standard Life Investments, said: “We are delighted to appoint Euan Stirling as head of stewardship and ESG investment. It is testament to the depth of talent we have in our investment team that we have been able to fill this role internally. Euan’s expertise in company analysis, portfolio management and client relations equip him well to ensure that the outstanding stewardship capability of our governance and stewardship and responsible investment teams is fully embedded within our focus on change investment process.”

Neil Ross & Company acquired by Murray Beith Murray

Edinburgh law firm Murray Beith Murray has acquired accountants and tax advisors Neil Ross & Company.

Edinburgh-based Neil Ross & Company was founded by Neil Ross CA in 1998 and provides tax advisory and compliance service to private clients and trustees covering income, capital gains and inheritance tax, in addition to the preparation of business accounts and tax returns.

Murray Beith Murray said the acquisition was part of its plans to expand its existing practice and was a “natural fit” for the firm.

Neil Ross CA said: “The growth of my practice has been a source of immense pride to me, but I feel the time is right to join a larger firm in order that my clients may benefit from a greater range of private client services.

“I shall, of course, continue to advise my clients in my role as Tax Consultant with the assistance of Murray Beith Murray’s tax group.”

Hans Hoogervorst

Hans Hoogervorst gets second term as IASB chairman

Hans Hoogervorst has been reappointed as chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He will start his second five year term in July.

Mr Hoogervorst is a former Dutch finance minister and markets regulator. The IASB’s vice-chairman, Ian Mackintosh, will retire at the end of his first term.

IFRS Foundation chairman Michel Prada  said: “I am delighted that Hans will serve a second term, and I wish him success in addressing the future challenges confronted by the IASB. Equally, on behalf of the Trustees I wish to express my deep thanks to Ian for his exceptional contribution to the work of the IASB during his time as vice-chairman and also in his preceding roles. He has a legacy to be proud of.”

Michelle Quest becomes KPMG head of tax

Michelle Quest has been appointed the new UK head of tax, pensions and legal services at KPMG with immediate effect.

She takes over from Karen Briggs, who will join the board’s executive committee and lead KPMG’s solutions practice in the UK.

Michelle has previously been the firm’s head of people in the UK and the head of UK private equity and EMA M&A tax practices.

She said: “As a firm, we have already taken a leading role in the, often heated, public debate about tax and morality, actively bringing people together to understand different viewpoints in an effort to build shared views on responsible tax. I am committed to continuing to champion our position in this debate.”

Sir Michael Rake is new ICC Chairman

Sir Michael Rake has been appointed as chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in the UK.

Sir Michael will lead the ICC’s efforts to champion the benefits of open trade and act as a figurehead for UK business at an inter-governmental level.

He is the current chairman of BT Group and former head of KPMG’s European operations. Sir Michael has previously held roles as President of the CBI, Deputy Chairman of Barclays and at the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

Sir Michael said: “ICC is the global organisation that connects companies from all corners of the globe to influence and create the rules that govern the entire business and trading landscape. The opinion of UK business is valued and highly sought-after across the world, but they need to be heard – our priority is to give them a voice.”

Movers and shakers: 17 February 2016

Caroline McGovernCaroline McGovern CA made head of Finance at UTEC Survey

UTEC Survey, an Acteon company, has announced the appointment of Caroline McGovern CA as its new head of finance.

Before joining UTEC, Caroline was the CFO for MOL Energy UK where she was a founding director of the business, which grew to comprise ownership of 20 North Sea exploration and production licenses. Prior to that, she was finance manager for EnQuest PLC, where she spent four years leading and supporting the finance function through their initial IPO listing on the UK stock market, and the company’s subsequent asset consolidation and growth period.

Brendan Ryan, UTEC chief operating officer, said: “I look forward to the contribution Caroline’s experience and expertise will bring to our team. She will play an integral role in the leadership team as we navigate a challenging market environment while also advancing UTEC’s growth agenda.”

Caroline holds a bachelor of science degree in business management studies and a diploma in marketing.

Based in Aberdeen, she leads UTEC’s global finance and compliance efforts, and participates in a number of other strategic projects.

Derek Bond

Derek Bond CA joins Growth Deck

Derek Bond CA is to take a senior role at new equity crowdfunding platform Growthdeck, following a merger with Glasgow-based counterparts Squareknot.

Derek has been managing director of Squareknot since it launched three years ago and has extensive experience of managing and controlling the finances of leading companies, both large and small.

Derek said: “I am delighted that Squareknot and Growthdeck have reached agreement to marry their interests with the aim of making Growthdeck one of the leading players in the dynamic equity crowdfunding sector.

“Our focus will be on funding larger investments (typically £0.5m-1m) into early stage and growth companies and offering both investors and investee companies more of an added-value service.”

Zoliro Board role for Roger Mitchell CA

Roger Mitchell CA has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of event marketing business Zoliro.

Roger has held a number of high profile roles in the corporate finance, sport and media sectors, including chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, CFO of EMI in Italy and director of business development at Panini.

He is also the founder of Albachiara SAGL, a financial services company, and is currently a non-executive director of sport financiers Redstone Advisory Partners, chair of GiveMeSport and a non-executive director of Football Aid.

Tel-Aviv-based tech startup Zoliro was founded in 2012 to provide event exhibitors and sponsors with digital platforms to identify potential customers among attendees.

Adrian Stone

New UK Head of Audit for KPMG

KPMG has appointed Adrian Stone as its UK Head of Audit with immediate effect.

Adrian Stone succeeds Tony Cates, who now leads KPMG’s International Markets and Government practice.

Adrian joined KPMG’s Sheffield office in 1984 and has been an audit partner since 1997.  He has previously held a number of senior roles in KPMG’s audit practice including Head of Audit for the North of England and Scotland, Chief Operating Officer for the UK audit practice, Head of Internal Audit and Head of KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice.  He has been KPMG’s interim head of audit since November 2015.

Simon Collins, Chairman of KPMG in the UK, said: “I am delighted to appoint Adrian to the head of our audit practice.  He is one of our most experienced audit partners and has led key areas of our audit business.  I am confident that under his leadership the practice will continue to grow and flourish.”

David Biddle joins Standard Life Wealth

Standard Life Wealth, the discretionary fund manager, has announced the appointment of David Biddle as Senior Business Development Manager with responsibility for engagement with Professional Connections throughout the UK.  The new role creates a dedicated resource for Professional Connections at Standard Life Wealth and recognises the distinct needs of lawyers, accountants and trustees.

Commenting on the appointment, Ronnie Binnie, Head of Business Development, Standard Life Wealth said: “We are delighted that David has joined Standard Life Wealth as Senior Business Development Manager with responsibility for further developing relationships with Professional Connections.”

David has over 20 years’ experience of working with leading private client specialists having previously been Head of Business Development at Kleinwort Benson Private Bank and Schroders Private Banking. He also held senior positions at Royal Bank of Canada and Cazenove Capital Management.

Movers and shakers: 10 February 2016

Michael Moore

Michael Moore CA joins PwC devo team

PwC has appointed former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore CA to advise on the devolution agenda across the United Kingdom.

Working alongside Stephanie Hyde, PwC executive board head of regions, Michael will lend his political and business acumen to the firm’s recently launched Devo Delivery Network, a team of over 350 local and central government experts working across PwC’s offices nationwide. The network will support organisations and authorities around devolution and regional economic growth.

Michael qualified with PwC in 1991 and gained extensive experience in the firm’s corporate finance team before his election to the House of Commons in 1997. As a UK government minister, he piloted the Scotland Act through Parliament and was a member of the coalition government that introduced ‘City Deals’ and ‘Growth Deals’ across England.

Commenting on the appointment, Lindsay Gardiner CA, regional chairman of PwC in Scotland, said: “A seasoned politician with significant business experience, Michael has been at the core of the devolution journey, and will undoubtedly bring a wealth of expertise and insight to this agenda.”

Helen Haddow CA becomes CEO of Houlden Jewellers

Helen F Haddow CA has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Houlden Jewellers Ltd, the leading UK and Ireland Jewellery and Watch buying group, with a newly launched consumer face Jewellers of Excellence. Helen began her role in January 2016.

Previously Finance and Administrative Director, Helen has been with the company for over 15 years. She previously worked with EY, Glasgow as a Senior Audit Manager.

Ken Weldin

Ken Weldin CA appointed audit and assurance partner

Ken Weldin CA has joined PKF Australia as its Melbourne-based audit and assurance partner.

He brings to the accountancy firm network over twenty years’ experience working across a range of industries and advising clients in the listed environment as well as the unlisted and public sectors.

Ken makes the move from EY where he previously led a number of high profile assurance engagements and most recently, headed up EY’s corporate governance service offering across Australia delivering financial reporting and process improvement solutions.

PKF Australia chairman, Norm Draper said: “Ken’s arrival strengthens our capability in audit and assurance in Melbourne as well as bringing a strong governance, risk and compliance skillset that allows him to provide practical solutions for boards, committees and management teams to improve the effectiveness of their decision making processes.”

James Chadwick

James Chadwick promoted to partner

Grant Thornton has named James Chadwick as partner in its Scottish practice.

James will continue in his role as Grant Thornton’s head of food and drink for Scotland while also remaining as leader of the firm’s 60 strong audit practice in Scotland, a role he has held since 2011. He joined Grant Thornton in 2004.

Commenting on his promotion, James said: “Making partner for a firm I truly believe in is a cause for great pride. I’m excited about our prospects and playing a more strategic role in delivering them. Ultimately it’s about making an impact with clients and helping them achieve their ambitions.

“Scotland is now regarded as a true global leader in food and beverage and, with international firms continually looking to be part of the country’s success story, it is a particularly exciting time for the sector.”

Pair of CA appointments at William Duncan + Co

William Duncan + Co has announced the appointment of Mark Barry CA and Jamie Beal CA to its newly-formed corporate advisory team based in the accountancy firm’s Glasgow office.

Mark joins as head of corporate advisory while Jamie is corporate advisory associate. Both previously worked with Haines Watts and specialise in providing the full range of corporate finance and advisory services to SMEs, including M&A, fundraising and due diligence.

Their appointment further extends the service offering of the boutique Glasgow office, providing business recovery, specialist tax, specialist general practice and virtual finance services.

Movers and shakers: 3 February 2016

Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert CA new Sky deputy chair

Broadcaster Sky has announced the appointment of Martin Gilbert CA as deputy chair of its board.

The announcement also included the appointment of James Murdoch, son of Sky founder Rupert Murdoch, as chair for a second spell. He will replace Nick Ferguson who announced that he was stepping down.

Martin is the co-founder and CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management and prior to his appointment as deputy chair was senior independent non-executive director on the Sky Board and chair of the audit committee.

Martin has also served as chair of FirstGroup plc and Chaucer plc, and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board.

Alan DavisAlan Davis new chair of Henderson Loggie

Scottish business services and accounting firm Henderson Loggie has appointed Head of Tax Alan Davis as its new chair.

Alan succeeds Jandy Stevenson who has retired but will remain on in a consultancy role at the firm.

Prior to joining Henderson Loggie in 2005, Alan worked with KPMG in its Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices and spent 16 years with HM Revenue and Customs.

Henderson Loggie has also announced Fiona Morgan as Head of Accountancy and Business Solutions and Stephen Bain as Head of IT.

Ed Warner appointed in oversight role

Grant Thornton has appointed Ed Warner OBE as chair of its partnership oversight board.

He will take over from current chair Steve Maslin who will have served a maximum term in the position in July 2016.

Grant Thornton said this makes Ed Warner the first-ever independent chair of a major UK accountancy firm.

He also serves as chair of investment bank Panmure Gordon, non-executive director for shipbroker Clarksons and is chair of sports governing body UK Athletics.

James PatersonJames Paterson joins BDO tax expansion

BDO has announced the expansion of its Scottish tax services with the transfer of Tax Director James Paterson to its Edinburgh office from London.

James, who specialises in real estate work, trained with BDO and has been working in a range of areas including tax compliance and shareholder issues for the past nine years.

He is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Five new partners for EY forensic investigations team

EY has bolstered its Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) team in the UK and Ireland with the appointment of five new partners.

David Higginson and Trevor Horwitz will work with businesses to tackle all forms of financial crime and advise companies facing regulatory investigations, and enquiries related to economic sanctions, money laundering and financial misstatements.

Eoin O’Reilly has been appointed to lead the Data Analytics function in Ireland and Melissa Myatt and Richard Abbey will lead teams specialising in responding to complex corporate fraud and bribery cases, alongside regulatory breaches across multiple jurisdictions.

John Smart, Head of EY’s UK FIDS team, said: “We have added five really talented and experienced individuals to the partnership, and they strengthen our strategy of integrating technology and analytics into our investigations and regulatory compliance work.”

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